Jammu and Kashmir’s international cricketer Parvez Rasool remained unsold in the auction of the twelfth edition of India’s cash rich cricket league called Indian Premier League (IPL) while a 17-year-old cricketer Rasikh Salam Dar, who hails from south Kashmir’s volatile Kulgam district, got picked up by Mumbai Indians for a base price of INR 20 lakh.
Mr. Salam is a right-arm pacer from Kashmir who is known to bowl deceptive fast yorkers. Representing Jammu and Kashmir team he has played in two List-A games in Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Manzoor Pandav, another Kashmiri cricketer who specializes in the Twenty20 format, also remained unsold in the IPL auction 2019.
In 2013, Mr Rasool became Kashmir’s first-ever cricketer to earn his maiden IPL cap while playing for the now-defunct Pune Warriors.
He claimed the prized scalp of South Africa’s great all-rounder Jacques Kallis in his debut IPL match. Kallis was playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
In the next IPL season, 2014, Mr. Rasool was picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was lucky to play two matches representing the team. In one of the games he claimed another prominent victim – Yuvraj Singh.
Mr. Rasool is also the restive region’s first-ever cricketer to have amassed over 4000 runs and claimed 200 or more first-class wickets in India’s domestic competition – Ranji Trophy.
In the ongoing Ranji season, 2018-19, this talented lad from south Kashmir’s Bijbehara town has already made over 450 runs, laced with two centuries and a fifty. Besides, he also claimed 26 scalps with two five-wicket hauls in only six first-class games.
His real breakthrough season in Ranji was 2012-13 when he ended up as Jammu and Kashmir’s top run-getter and wicket-taker. Not only did he amass 594 runs at an average of 54, but he also claimed 33 wickets.
In his next Ranji season the Bijbehara boy piled up 663 runs, including two centuries and three fifties, at 51. He also claimed 27 wickets with two five-wicket hauls. He was named the best all-rounder in Indian domestic cricket that season.
In the ongoing Ranji season, the 30-year cricketer scored an unbeaten century (110*) against Rajasthan in Jaipur and another fighting ton (115) against Services in Delhi.
His two centuries could not ensure a win for his Jamm and Kashmir team though.
Against Services, the off-spinning all-rounder also claimed ten wickets in the match. He took eight wickets (8/85) in the first innings and two more (2/18) in the second innings.
Mr. Rasool has featured in 73 first-class games for the state in which he has scored 4170 runs, which include 10 centuries and 18 fifties, at a batting average of 38. Furthermore, he has claimed 226 first-class wickets.
In June 2015, he played his lone international one day match for team India in blue jersey against Bangladesh. He claimed two wickets in the match while conceding 60 runs.
Later, in January 2017, the Kashmiri cricketer also featured in one international Twenty20 match against England in which he claimed one wicket, conceding 32 runs. He made five runs with the bat.
Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir team did secure wins in two first-class games this Ranji season, one against Tripura in Srinagar’s SK stadium while the second against Haryana in Rohtak.
However, the team had to face losses at the hands of Rajasthan in Jaipur, Services in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh in Jammu.
A match against Goa in Porvorim ended in a draw, but Goa did take more points due to the first innings’ lead.
Placed in Elite category, Group C, Jammu and Kashmir is currently placed at number seven in the group with 13 points. There are ten teams in Group C. Rajasthan are leading this group with 34 points, thanks to their five wins from six games.